Department of Science for Republicans
This is <i>not</i> a general department for scientific topics and discussion. Rather, it shows how science can be used to explain or illuminate Republicans and the Republican <i>weltanschauung</i>.
It turns out evolution happens in real time (as if it would happen in any other kind of time). From the Bradenton Herald (I quote the article almost in its entirety, in case any of the Christianists from Minnesota come back for more):
A new study of lizards in the Bahamas shows that the natural selection pressures that drive evolution can flip-flop faster than previously thought--even in months.
Man, that's even faster than the neo-cons flip-flopped on Iraq! Read more about Science for Republicans!
UPDATE I can't figure out how to embed this video (I pasted the text and everything!) but just follow the link I've provided to Roy Temple's blog to see the video. Sorry!
You've got to check out this "humorous" parody of the Michael J. Fox ad from the "comedian" at Scrappleface: Read more about Wow -- just how crazy are these people?
Who'da thunkit? A high DoI official puts the interests of extractive industries and industrial agriculture above endangered species. Yeah, shock and awe and all that.
Read more about More Interior Department Shenannigans: Endangered Species Edition
Last night, Julia Sweeney came to Cambridge, MA for a single performance of her one-woman play, Letting Go of God.
It's a nicely woven autobiographical story of a woman losing her religion. This clip features the first seventeen minutes of the show, from a performance in Monterey, CA earlier this year. Read more about Julia (formerly) of the spirits
Wow. Scientists make shit invisible. They're saying they're years off from a workable "cloak" and will need better nanotech, but I bet we'll get there. Science is so cool. Let's bring it back when we've got a Dem majority next year. Read more about Our Treaty with the Romulans is in Jeopardy!
So the New York Times finally gets around to a story wondering Where's Our Anthrax Vaccine, Huh? Don't bother with the story, it's kinda worthless. But it is accompanied with an interesting graphic which includes a bar chart of how much money has been promised, and paid, to the two companies in this dogfight. Read more about Biological Warfare: Public Money, Private Profits, No Results
Seriously. I think the final sign of the Apocalypse is here:
"When you can say `vaccine' and `prevent cancer' in the same sentence, I just can't see who would be against it," she said. "Surprisingly, a lot of the groups we expected to be opposed to it are not vocally opposing it and I think the reason is, why would you oppose something that prevents cancer?
If anything is going to slow China down, itâ€™s going to be shit like this. I was reading somewhere a few weeks back about execs not wanting to live in Hong Kong, for fear of what the air blown from upwind industrial facilities is doing to their kids. The Chinese will have to clean up enough so that their upper-middle classes have a nice patch with sunshine in which they can live. For the Chinese, that will prove a lot of work. Read more about Global Climate Change for Poor People
Fess up, geek. Sometime, somewhere in your life, there was last year's machine, sitting in some closet or basement, gathering dust as you got over your proud (however quiet) assertion in your own mind that you'd "rebuild" or "fix" it. There may even be the Uncorrect among you, who have thrown away computers and parts into improper and illegal dumpsites. Well, time to atone for those sins. Read more about As the Junk Piles Up
A decade of warm winters with sporadic snowfall has failed to refill the snow-dependent Great Lakes, with falling water levels bringing the top ever closer to the bottom in Lakes Michigan and Huron.